U.S. Central Command Builds Business Cooperation with Central Asian States

This fall entrepreneurs from Central Asian States (CAS) (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) will have the opportunity to win profitable contracts from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

Kyrgyz businesses have already been successfully cooperating with CENTCOM. From November 2012 through August 2013, the United States Government’s (USG) Contracting Authorities have awarded contracts to entrepreneurs of Kyrgyzstan valued at $1.9 million USD. CENTCOM has announced 272 tenders for Kyrgyz vendors during this same period. Out of 200 solicitations submitted to date Kyrgyz vendors been awarded 143. According to the CENTCOM-Joint Theater Support Contracting Command’s (C-JTSCC) Contracting Officer Representative, “Since its inception in September of 2012 the hard work and dedication of the Portal team to providing training, advisory support, and assistance to Kyrgyz businesses has significantly increased the amount of successful contracts actions awarded to Kyrgyz companies by United States Government Contracting Authorities.”

The Portal to Kyrgyz Business has proven its worth as a pilot project and was expanded into the Portal to Central Asian States (CAS) Business. Through the Portal to CAS Business the U.S. Central Command will procure non-military goods produced in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. According to Portal Manager and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kyrgyz Republic Almaz Dushembiev, “The main goal of the Portal is to build business relationships between businesses of Central Asia and USG Contracting Authorities.” Almaz Dushembiev believes the Portal will contribute to development of regional competition and support business development throughout Central Asia. In order to pursue these goals the Portal will provide businesses of Central Asia with advisory support free of charge, including a number of training events.

The first training event took place on September 5, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bishkek at 9 a.m. local time.